Name: Bowe R.
Unit: 1st Battalion, 501st
Parachute Infantry Regiment,
4th Brigade Combat Team,
Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.
Date of Birth/Age: 28 March 1986 / 23 at capture
Home City of
Record: Hailey, Idaho
Date of Loss:
June 30, 2009
announced by the Army as July 2, 2009)
Country of Loss: Afghanistan
Original Status: Duty
Status Whereabouts Unknown (DUSTWUN).
Current Status: Declared
missing-captured on July 3, 2009
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The following is the text of a statement by President Obama on the
release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl:
Today the American people are pleased that we will be able towelcome
home Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, held captive for nearly five years. On
behalf of the American people, I was honored to call his parents to express
our joy that they can expect his safe return, mindful of their courage and
sacrifice throughout this ordeal. Today we also remember the many troops
held captive and whom remain missing or unaccounted for in Americas past
wars. Sergeant Bergdahls recovery is a reminder of Americas unwavering
commitment to leave no man or woman in uniform behind on the battlefield.
And as we find relief in Bowes recovery, our thoughts and prayers are with
those other Americans whose release we continue to pursue.
For his assistance in helping to secure our soldiers return, I extend
my deepest appreciation to the Amir of Qatar. The Amirs personal
commitment to this effort is a testament to the partnership between our
two countries. The United States is also grateful for the support of the
Government of Afghanistan throughout our efforts to secure Sergeant
This week the United States renewed its commitment to the Afghan people
and made clear that we will continue to support them as their chart
their own future. The United States also remains committed to supporting
an Afghan-led reconciliation process as the surest way to achieve a
stable, secure, sovereign, and unified Afghanistan. While we are mindful
of the challenges, it is our hope Sergeant Bergdahls recovery could
potentially open the door for broader discussions among Afghans about
the future of their country by building confidence that it is possible
for all sides to find common ground.
Administration reportedly seeks prisoner swap with
Taliban to free American POW
The Obama administration has decided to revive talks
with the Afghan Taliban in an effort to free the only known American
soldier in captivity in exchange for the release of Taliban
prisoners held at the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay,
Cuba, The Washington Post reported late Monday.
Five Taliban prisoners who have been held at
Guantanamo for years would be released to protective custody in
exchange for the release of Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured in
Afghanistan in 2009, the newspaper reported, citing current and
former U.S. officials familiar with the decision.
The Post reported that senior officials from the
White House, the Pentagon, the State Department and other agencies
decided within the past month to allow the release of all five
prisoners at the same time, though the exchange offer has not been
formally made. ...
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel honored
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, left, who is
presumed to be a captive of the Haqqani
Network in Pakistan, an Islamic militant
group associated with the Taliban.
Remembering America's prisoners of war took
on a flavor of current events on Friday,
when Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel included
in his POW/MIA Day remarks a note about one
soldier who remains far behind enemy lines.
Bowe Bergdahl went missing in June 2009 and
is believed to be held in Pakistan by the
Haqqani Network, an Islamic militant group
associated with the Taliban. Hagel cited
this missing warrior on Friday as he spoke
before a group of veteran POWs and the
families of those who remain missing in
"We vow never to leave a fellow service
member behind," Hagel said, flanked by a
field of neatly organized rows of honor
guards from all the service branches. "That
commitment extends to Army Sgt. Bowe
Bergdahl, who was captured by enemy forces
in Afghanistan more than four years ago."
"Our hearts today are with the Bergdahl
family. Using our military, intelligence and
diplomatic tools, the United States is
continuing its efforts to secure Sgt.
Bergdahl's safe release."....
A U.S. drone attack has reportedly
killed the militant commander believed
to be holdingIdaho
soldier Bowe Bergdahl captive.
That's according to news reports out of
Pakistan. The strike dealt a blow to the
Sunday Marks 4 Years for Soldier's Captivity as POW in Afghanistan
Posted on: 11:33 pm, June 30, 2013, by Maxie Gardner, updated on: 11:34pm, June 30, 2013
(WHNT) Sunday marks the 4th anniversary of an American's capture in Afghanistan.
U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is the only known American Soldier being held as a Prisoner of War in Afghanistan. Recently, the Taliban offered to release Bergdahl in exchange for five members of the radical group being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.....
BOISE -- News of Prisoner of War Bowe Bergdahl's possible release is inspiring cautious optimism from friends and supporters here in his home state of Idaho and around the nation. But, State Department officials are cautioning about too much optimism heading into possible negotiations with the Taliban.
Dwight Murphy, the spokesman for the Boise Valley POW/MIA and friend of the Bergdahls, is hopeful. "What happened is we got new found hope."
He's hopeful that negotiations with the Taliban will finally bring home Sgt. Bergdahl. "I'm going to think positive. I have the utmost faith and prayers that Bowe is coming home," said Murphy.....
Report: Taliban offers to swap American POW for five Gitmo detainees
By Matthew DeLuca, Staff Writer, NBC News
A senior spokesman for the Afghan Taliban said the group is ready to hand over the only known American prisoner of war from the conflict in Afghanistan in exchange for five senior operatives held at Guantanamo Bay, the Associated Press reported Thursday.
U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, 27, from Hailey, Idaho, has been held captive since 2009 after going missing from his base in Afghanistan. His whereabouts are not known, but it is believed he is being held in Pakistan....
...Obama administration officials also told NBC News that the U.S. is pursuing a
prisoner exchange with the Taliban to secure the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held for several years by the Haqqani network, considered a dangerous
element of the Taliban....
Date: Sat, 15 Jun 2013 21:57:52 -0500
Subject: Fwd: POW/MIA 6/15/2013
From: JOHN BATES <email@example.com>
I just returned tonight from the Alliance of Families meeting in DC. You
will be reading about Amy Waters Yarsinske book An American In The
Basement which will be released in July. Amy was one of the speakers on
Friday, her information on Scott Speicher and how we left him to be
taken prisoner and to know first hand he was alive should outrage you. I
purchased an advance copy of the book and read a chapter on the airplane
tonight. I urge you to read this book to find the truth of how the CIA
left him to die. Also think about Bowe Bergdahl and what will happen to
him, I mentioned to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Major
General W. Montague Winfield about DPMO now in charge of finding Bowe
and the fact that DPMO returns remains not live bodies.
Story Updated: Jun 5, 2013 at 11:13 PM MDT
Boise, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Boise TV Station KBOI is reporting that
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's family has received a letter from the captured Idaho
A friend close to the family says they believe it was written by him because
they say it's his handwriting in the letter. They say they are ecstatic and
believe he's still alive......
If this was your son or your daughter would you not being doing
everything you could to get him or her home.
We hope that you will all join us on June 22nd in Hailey Idaho to
show your support for our AMERICAN POW and his family.
On June 22nd in Hailey Idaho I will be hosting an event to
show the world that we want Bowe Back.
In addition to the event 500 motorcycles will be meeting in
Jerome Idaho at the Flying J where they will be escorted to
the event by Police Chief Jeff Gunter the 50 miles to
Bellevue where they will than meet up with the Motorcycle
groups from Boise Idaho. They will than be escorted to the
What started out as a small home town event has become an
event where we are expecting over 2,000 people to attend.
Should you need any additional information please contact me
(208) 578-2233 home or if I'm not at home please call my
cell phone at (208) 450-9687
From: Patrick J. Hughes [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 7:04 PM To: Patrick Hughes Subject: Memorial Day 2013 at Arlington National Cemetery | POW Bowe Bergdahl is still Alive, after 4 years!
It was a beautiful bright sunny Memorial Day at Section 60 in Arlington National Cemetery where many family members, loved ones and friends paid there respects to their fallen heroes. Again this year our President and the new Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel stopped bye to visit with the families.
Once again I asked our President Barack Obama if POW Bowe Bergdahl was still alive and he answered âWe are still working on it, there is nothing we think is more important, it's a priorityâ. Then I asked the same question of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and his response was âI committed to them ( Bob & Jani Bergdahl ) and we are doing actively working on that right nowâ. Is he still alive today? âWell, we have every indication he isâ. âWe are going to do everything we canâ.
U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho was captured by the Taliban in Paktika Providence, Afghanistan on June 30, 2009. He was moved into the Tribal Region of Pakistan soon after. Bowe Bergdahl is still alive, he is being held captive and, if he were not considered of value by the Taliban, he would have been executed.
The President or the Secretary-of-State are the only ones that can make the decision and order the appropriate action be taken. Since we are now out of Iraq and very soon our troops will be leaving Afghanistan we should be writing letters to our Senators and Congressman demanding that action be taken to bring Bowe Bergdahl home now!
Our Service Men and Woman are putting their lives on the line every day for US, âWe should never leave anyone behindâ!
.....Given the unconventional nature of the two most recent wars in Asia, no
American soldiers were left behind in Iraq and there is only one prisoner of war
in Afghanistan, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban in June
2009 and he has largely become a forgotten man as his time in captivity has
grown ever longer. His story has some unusual aspects, a tale that in some
respects reflects the ambiguities of fighting wars where there is no clear
national interest coupled with the unfortunate transformation of some in the
United States who seek to justify Americas never ending wars by blaming the
numerous victims of the conflict. Bergdahl, together with the many other
soldiers killed or maimed, is as much a victim of Washingtons destructive
global war on terror as the numerous civilians killed by drones or the Taliban
and the continued carnage in liberated Iraq......
US authorities have formally sought the Pakistan governmentâs aid in negotiating the release of four Americans abducted by elements associated with al Qaeda, the Taliban and the Haqqani Network,The Express Tribunehas learnt. The request has been sent in light of the American policy which bars Washington from negotiating with terrorists.
According to sources familiar with the development, the office of the legal attach' at the US embassy in Islamabad has dispatched a memorandum on behalf of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to the government of Pakistan, via the Ministry of Interior.
The memorandum requests Islamabad to act as mediator between Washington and the militants responsible for abducting the US nationals in order to secure their freedom, they added......
The four US citizens namely Bowe Bergdahl, Dr Warren Weinstein, Caitlan Coleman and Naeem Khan were kidnapped between 2009 and 2012 in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Bergdahl, a soldier in the US army, went missing on June 30, 2009 near the town of Yahya Khel in Afghanistan's Paktika province, right next to the border with Pakistan. In July the same year, the Afghan Taliban released a video showing they had captured Bergdahl. Since then, four more videos have been released. The Taliban have demanded $1 billion and the release of 21 Afghan prisoners and Aafia Siddiqui in exchange for his release......
....The four US citizens namely Bowe Bergdahl, Dr Warren
Weinstein, Caitlan Coleman and Naeem Khan were kidnapped between
2009 and 2012 in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Bergdahl, a soldier in the US army, went missing on June 30, 2009
near the town of Yahya Khel in Afghanistans Paktika province, right
next to the border with Pakistan. In July the same year, the Afghan
Taliban released a video showing they had captured Bergdahl. Since
then, four more videos have been released. The Taliban have demanded
$1 billion and the release of 21 Afghan prisoners and Aafia Siddiqui
in exchange for his release.....
Published: Friday, June 8, 2012, 7:14 Apdated: Friday, ne 8, 2012, 8:03AM
WASHINGTON Emails an American soldier reportedly sent to his parents before he was captured by the Taliban three years ago suggest he was disillusioned and considering deserting.
Bowe Bergdahl told his parents he was "ashamed to even be American" and was disgusted with the U.S. mission in Afghanistan and with the Army, according to emails quoted in Rolling Stone magazine......
The POW's father, Robert Bergdahl, earlier said that he had "reached out to [Taliban] insurgents" and was in "regular email contact" with a man he believed to be a member of the Taliban concerning the 2009 capture of his son in eastern Afghanistan......
HAILEY, Idaho -- The parents of the only U.S. soldier held as a prisoner of war in Afghanistan have broken a yearlong silence about the status of their son, abruptly making public that he is a focus of secret negotiations between the Obama administration and the Taliban over a proposed prisoner swap.
The negotiations, currently stalled, would trade five Taliban prisoners held at the U.S. military prison at GuantĂĄnamo Bay, Cuba, for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of the Army, who is believed to be held by the militant Haqqani network in the tribal area of Pakistan's northwest frontier, on the Afghan border. Bergdahl was captured in Paktika province in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009......
Washington The father of a U.S. soldier who was taken prisoner in Afghanistan thanked the motorcycle riders of Rolling Thunder on Sunday for raising awareness of missing-in-action troops and prisoners of war.
At the annual Rolling Thunder rally on the National Mall, Bob Bergdahl promised his son: "You will come home. We will not leave you behind."...
Family pleads for U.S. prisoner at heart of Afghan peace
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The family of Bowe Bergdahl, a U.S.
soldier held prisoner by the Taliban since 2009, says it is
frustrated that more than a year of covert diplomacy has been
unable to free their son and is urging President Barack Obama's
administration to push harder for his release.
Bob Bergdahl, speaking out about his son's case after a long
silence, said he hopes U.S. negotiators will press ahead with
efforts to set in motion a chain of events intended in part to
lead to the release of his son, believed to be held in Pakistan
since he went missing in eastern Afghanistan in June 2009....
With ?Friends? Like This Who Need
Enemies - The Afghan government of President Hamid Karzai
deliberately sabotaged U.S. efforts to negotiate the release
of POW Bowe Bergdhal. On August 29th the Associated Press
reported the breakdown of negotiations with the Taliban. The following
is excerpted from the AP article by Kathy Gannon and Anne Gearan.
[Begin Excerpt] Direct U.S. talks with the Taliban had
evolved to a substantive negotiation before Afghan officials, nervous
that the secret and independent talks would undercut President Hamid
Karzai, scuttled them
Featured prominently in the talks was
the whereabouts and eventual release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho, who was
captured more than two years ago in eastern Afghanistan,
according to a senior Western diplomat in the region and a childhood
friend of the Taliban negotiator, Tayyab Aga.
The U.S. negotiators asked Aga what could
be done to gain Bergdahl's release. The discussion did not get into
specifics but Aga discussed the release of Afghan prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and in Afghanistan at
Bagram Air Field .
A senior U.S. official acknowledged that the
talks imploded because of the leak and that Aga, while alive, had
disappeared. The U.S. will continue to pursue talks,
the official said. Current and former U.S. officials spoke on condition of
anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the talks .
The talks were deliberately revealed
by someone in the presidential palace, where Karzai's office is located,
said a Western and an Afghan official. The reason was Karzai's animosity
U.S. and fear that any
agreement Washington brokered would undermine his
authority, they said . [End Excerpt]
Wall Street Journal
July 2, 2011
America's Forgotten Prisoners Of War
Ahmed Altaie and Bowe Bergdahl are rare
U.S. soldiers captured by the enemy in Iraq
By David Feith
Ahmed Altaie and Bowe Bergdahl--one born
1965 in Baghdad, the other two decades later
in Hailey, Idaho--wouldn't seem to have much
in common. But this weekend, as Americans
take to beaches and barbeques to celebrate
our independence, Messrs. Altaie and
Bergdahl share a unique, practically unknown
bond: They are the only two U.S. soldiers
currently held captive as prisoners of war.
Over the past decade, the U.S. has deployed
more than two million troops abroad, with
hundreds of thousands in war zones at any
one time. Yet in a sign of how much warfare
has changed since the time of Thucydides,
Grant or even Westmoreland, prisoners of war
in Afghanistan and Iraq have been few in
number and low in profile. Today there is
one in each theater, an unusual symmetry
that seems to magnify the solitude and
difficulty of their plights....
IMMEDIATE RELEASENo. 518-11
June 16, 2011
Army Promotes Missing-Captured Soldier
The Army announced today the promotion of a
soldier listed as Missing-Captured while supporting Operation Enduring
Freedom to the rank of sergeant effective June 12, 2011.
Sgt. Bowe R. Bergdahl, 25, is assigned to 1st Battalion,
501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th
Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.
This is Bergdahl's second promotion since he was listed as
Missing-Captured on June 30, 2009. He was promoted to the rank of
specialist on June 12, 2010.
For more information on the soldier, media may contact Col.
Timothy Marsano at 208-422-5268.
A newly released Taliban video shows the
only U.S. soldier held captive in the Afghan war being
blindfolded and led away by an insurgent.
It appears a portion of the same
video was released months ago.........
shows US soldier held in Afghanistan
By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press Deb Riechmann, Associated Press 59
KABUL, Afghanistan A new video released by the Taliban shows Spc. Bowe
Bergdahl, the only known U.S. serviceman held captive in Afghanistan,
with bags under his eyes and what appears to be an abrasion on his left
POW-MIA In Pocatello
Reacts To New Bowe Bergdahl Video
Bergdahl Has Been Held
By The Taliban Since June 30, 2009
Genevieve Judge, Local News 8 Pocatello Bureau Chief
POSTED: 9:37 pm MST December 8, 2010
UPDATED: 11:20 pm MST December 8, 2010 POCATELLO, Idaho -- The parents of a prisoner of war and soldier
from Idaho aren't talking about their son Bowe Bergdahl but they've
confirmed the man in a new video released by the Taliban is their son.
Leaked Documents Provide
Details of Bergdahl Capture On July 28th, the
Associated Press reported:
[Begin Article] Leaked military documents on the war in Afghanistan appear to provide details of the U.S.
Army's search for an Idaho soldier captured last year by the
Taliban. Bowe Bergdahl, from Hailey, has been a captive since June 30,
Documents posted on whistleblower group WikiLeaks' website include
intercepted radio transmissions after Bergdahl went missing from his
base in southern Afghanistan as well as details about talks two days
later with village elders about a possible prisoner swap.
documents, Afghan tribal leaders assured U.S. officials that Bergdahl was
alive and unharmed. Col. Tim Marsano, an Idaho National Guard
spokesman, declined to comment on still-classified military documents.
Marsano has alerted Bergdahl's family in Idaho about media reports about the leaked
documents. [End Article]
For The Record We oppose
the leaking of documents during ongoing military operations that could
endanger American service members. However, we welcome any leaks, or
release of documentation involving POW and MIA records over 25 years
old. There is absolutely no reason information 25 years or older
should remain classified.
One year later, still no answers on missing soldier
Leo Shane III
Published: June 30, 2010
This video frame grab from the Taliban propaganda video released Dec.
25, 2009 purportedly shows Spc. Bowe Bergdahl.
ISAF officials today marked the one-year anniversary of the
disappearance of Spc. Bowe Bergdahl, declared missing after he didn't
show up for a unit roll call last summer. By mid-July commanders knew
where he was; a Taliban propaganda video showed the young soldier in
First Posted: 04- 8-10 09:44 AM | Updated: 04- 8-10 11:09 AM
(AP) WASHINGTON - The Taliban released a video Wednesday of a man
identified as an American soldier captured in Afghanistan last June,
showing him pleading for his freedom and to be returned home......
WASHINGTON The Taliban have
released a video of a man identified as an American soldier captured
in Afghanistan last June, showing him pleading for his release and
In the video, Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl says he wants to go home and says
the war in Afghanistan is not worth the number
of lives that have been lost or wasted in prison......
Militants threaten to
By Sandra Jontz, Stars
Saturday, February 6, 2010
have threatened to execute the American soldier theyve held since June
does not release the Pakistani scientist convicted this week of attempted
murder, according to Arab news outlets.
The Afghan Taliban
threatened to execute Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl if the
does not release Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani woman convicted Wednesday by
federal jury of two counts of attempted murder against
Since word got out that private first class Bowe
Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban - the number of people
supporting him and his family grew tremendously.
And today Bowe's family saw that support firsthand in Hailey......
ABC News Blotter Alerts Mon., July 20, 2009
Now on the Blotter July
Exclusive: Missing U.S. Soldier May Be in
The U.S. soldier kidnapped by Taliban forces in Afghanistan may
have been taken across the border to Pakistan, complicating
efforts to obtain his release, according to two people involved in
U.S. and Afghan military efforts to locate him, and three Afghan
soldiers captured with him.
The soldier, Pfc. Bowe R. Bergdahl, 23, of Idaho, is the first
serviceman captured .....
The Department of Defense announced today the identity of
a soldier listed as Missing-Captured on July 3 while supporting Operation
Pfc. Bowe R. Bergdahl, 23, of Ketchum, Idaho, was declared
Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown (DUSTWUN) on July 1 and his status was
changed to "Missing-Captured" on July 3.
Pfc. Bergdahl is a member of 1st Battalion, 501st
Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry
Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.
AP sources: Taliban video shows captive US soldier
AP This video frame grab taken from a Taliban propaganda video
released Saturday, July 18, 2009 shows an
By PAMELA HESS and LOLITA BALDOR, Associated Press Writers
Pamela Hess And Lolita Baldor, Associated Press Writers 43 mins ago
WASHINGTON The American soldier who went missing June 30 from his base
in eastern Afghanistan and was later confirmed to have been captured,
appeared on a video posted Saturday to a Web site by the Taliban, two U.S.
defense officials said.......
Associated Press writers Robert H. Reid in Kabul and Christine Simmons in
Washington contributed to this report.
, July 2 (UPI) -- A missing
thought to have been captured in southeastern
has been sold to a militant clan, a
military official said Thursday.
unidentified senior military official told CNN the soldier, whose name was
not released, was captured along with three Afghan soldiers and then sold
to a militant group led by warlord Siraj Haqqani. ......